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Sep 17, 2013 2:00am EDT
a job with a washington defense contractor. the fbi says 34-year-old aaron alexis acted alone. eight others at the washington were injured. investigators announced no motive for the gunman's rage. more now from our white house correspondent. >> after a day of chaos and conflicting reports the fbi named the suspect. >> we confirm that the deceased shooter has been identified as 34-year-old aaron alexis of fort texas. >> 13 dead, including aaron alexis. as the drama unfolded president obama took time to honour the victims and comfort the family. >> these were men and women going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. they are patriots. >> the shootings took place in washington navy yard, building 197, headquarters of the sea system command. when shots ran out 3,000 men and women who worked at the navy yard were told to stay in face as an intense mann hunt was conducted. many employees were reluctant to comment when allowed to leave. >> one described a harrowing scene. >> we were hunkered down, on the floor, because we heard the previous gunshots. we heard and saw gun fires,
Al Jazeera America
Sep 16, 2013 7:00pm EDT
are learning more about the aledged shooter. what have you learned about aaron alexis, heidi? >> reporter: we know he was closely tied to this restaurant behind me. it's called a happy bowl. it's a thai restaurant. and we are told that aaron lived with the owner for three years. he told us that alexis was his best friend. he said they bet at a buddhist temple not far from here. and at the time alexis had just been kicked out of his apartment. we also spoke with another friend of aaron alexis who told us he thought alexis was a happy and gentle person, though he thought a 34-year-old man shouldn't be playing violent video games, which he says alexis was a fan of. >> and heidi, just a quick question, i'm wondering if the authorities have been to visit that restaurant owner? >> indeed, tony. in fact four plane clothed investigators are inside the building as we speak. we got confirmation of that from the workers at this restaurant. and they are questioning the owner who had that very close relationship with alexis. in the interview that he gave us earlier, very revealing details of this man that
Al Jazeera America
Sep 17, 2013 12:00pm EDT
as 34-year-old aaron alexis, injured eight others before being attacked and killed by police. the investigation is just beginning. >> a short while ago this was the scene in washington. defense officials, including defense secretary chuck hagel laying a wrath at the navy memorial. the wrath is next to the statue of the lone sailor, representing all of those who have served, are serving now or are yet to serve in the united states navy. chuck hagel called the shooting a tragic day for the democrat of defense, the nation's capital and the nation. >> randall pinkston joins me live from the navy yard where the search continues. >> the search for a motive conditions and the search for the method the gunman used in sneaking in weapons into a building that is said to be one of the most secure in the city. >> trying to make sense of the unthinkable. investigators and city leaders are looking for answers and information about 34-year-old aaron alexis - a gunman who shot and killed 12 and injured eight others at the washington navy yard on monday. ed. >> we don't know what the motive i
Sep 16, 2013 4:00pm PDT
far. the gunman is 34 year old aaron alexis, a navy contractor who was once in the military. he opened fire at the washington navy yard this morning, sending the city in chaos. we're learning more about him including that he was arrested in seattle for an anger-fueled shooting when he was in the military. then, when he was discharged, he was allowed to come back as a contractor. we're going to be speaking to people who knew him well and his religion affiliation as a buddhist. it happened less than three miles from the white house where the flags have been lowered to half staff in honor of those killed. only one weapon has been received from the scene at this time. it was described as a long gun. we don't have details on the type of weapon. but friends of the shooter tell us that alexis was angry over not getting paid. investigators are also trying to figure out how he got into the heavily fortified navy yard. he didn't work there. he wasn't a contractor there. 3,000 people work at the oldest naval facility in the country. we have chris lawrence, tom foreman and dana bash standing by. b
Al Jazeera America
Sep 17, 2013 4:00pm EDT
at this time that the deceased shooter aaron alexis acted alone. >> investigators revealing more about what happened at the washington navy yard, but plenty of questions remain unanswered. arrested for gun hey related offenses and discharged from the navy in 2011 we're learning more from the navy yard shooter, aaron alexis. >>> and in colorado rescue efforts resume and residents make it back to flood-damaged homes. >>> and the role sand and sea played in the fire that destroyed dozens of businesses in new jersey. >> the fbi says they are running down every lead looking for any information on aaron alexis, the gunman who open fired on the washington navy yard. the focus today was tracking his final steps and tracking the weapons he used to kill 12 people. >> at this time we believe that mr. alexis entered building 1 7 at the navy yard with a shotgun. we do not have any information as this time that he had an ar-15 in his possession. we also believe mr. alexis may have gained access to a handgun once inside the facility, and after he began shooting. >> alexis had been employed as a contractor
Al Jazeera America
Sep 16, 2013 7:30pm EDT
-ed a full-time navy reservist, aaron alexis as the shooter. he is among the 12 people dead. >>> un inspectors say they now have clear and convincing evidence that sarin gas was used in last month's attack in syria. >>> it happened this morning as 3,000 people were headed to work at the navy yard in washington, d.c. suddenly there was gunfire, and when the shooting stopped 13 people were dead including the shooter. it took place at a building known as 197. police are still on the manhunt in washington tonight, searching for possible second suspect in this morning's shooting. mike viqueira joins us live. mike? >> we're going on 12 hours ago since this drama unfolded. it precipitated a massive response from the whole alpha bet soup of police agencies. all descending on this site here, home to 3,000 employees, 200 years old in the heart of the nation's capitol. many barricaded themselves into the office, others simply ran. out of the confusion and chaos, emerged one gruesome, grim detail, 13 dead, including the shooter. >> we can confirm that the deceased shooter from this morning has
FOX News
Sep 16, 2013 1:00pm PDT
month those about the shooters identified as aaron alexis, who at one time lived in texas. they're still searching for another potential shooter. continuing coverage on breaking news. i'm trace gallagher in for shepard smith. neil starts now. >> neil: the country is witnessing its deadliest mass shooting since sandy hook school and the largest since ft. hood in 2009. 13 people were killed then. it looks like 12 have been killed here, and given the severity of the injuries, we are told by hospital officials, three serious but not life-threatening. we hope it stays at that. so much we don't know. but we're getting to piece together the role of not only the killer but whether he had help, at least one other person, maybe more -- the maybe more part has been dismissed already by authorities at the scene, but jennifer griffin is now getting the latest from what authorities think might have happened here. she joins us on the phone. >> what we can confirm the shooter himself, aaron alexis, is dead. he was killed inside building 197 in the navy yard. the navy yard is still in lockdown,
Sep 16, 2013 8:00pm PDT
tonight, breaking news. it's 11:00 tonight where aaron alexis opened fire this morning at the washington navy yard massacring 12 innocent people and wounding eight others. here is what we know right now. just minutes ago, washington police chief kathy lanier and mayor vincent gray spoke about those who lost their lives. this is the first time we are hearing the identity of some of those who lost their lives. the pentagon and department of defense have been careful to say we have to notify next of kin first. but you are getting information on those who suffered today with that ultimate loss. >> that's absolutely right, erin. we know these are the first names of individuals whose families have been notified after that terrible tragedy today at the washington navy yard. the names are as follows, 59-year-old michael arnold, 53-year-old sylvia frazier, kathy gaarde, john roger johnson, 50-year-old frank kohler, kenneth bernard proctor and vishnu pandit. those are the names of the individuals who died in the shooting today whose families have now been identified. authorities are still working
Al Jazeera America
Sep 16, 2013 6:00pm EDT
-old aaron alexis katy, identified in texas. >>> serin gas used in syria. >>> thousands have been forced from their homes in colorado. it is one of the worst things we have seen in washington, d.c. that's how the city's police chief described today's shooting rampage that killed 13 people including the gunman. dozens including a police officer were hurt. and the shooting happened in building 197 of the washington navy yard. the building is just a couple of miles from the u.s. capitol. one with witness described what happened when the shooting happened. >> he was far enough down the hall where we couldn't see his face but he aimed and fired and hit high on the wall just as we were trying to leave. >> federal and local law enforcement officers rushed to the scene. people inside the building were ordered to stay there. only to be escorted out a few hours later. there are still many questions about what happened but here's what we know so far. d.c. police say at least 13 people including the gunman were killed. the city's mayor says several people were hurt. three people including a police office
Sep 17, 2013 4:00am PDT
unfolded when the bullets started to fly. >>> plus, the man behind the rampage. who is aaron alexis. and what made him snap? tonight, we hear from people that knew the suspected shooter. >>> and she's upright. an ill-fated cruise ship, floating once again. now engineers pulled it off. we're live in italy. >>> and time to dance. the season premiere of "dancing with the stars," did not disappoint. there were even a few surprises. >>> and good morning. we begin this tuesday with the latest details on that mass shooting at the washington navy yard. >> the motive for the shootings still unknown. the facility remains open this morning with only essential personnel reporting for work. here's the very latest. 13 people including the lone gunman are dead. eight victims are hurt. we're learning that he used security clearance to enter that building with a rifle and a handgun. our coverage begins with abc's tahman bradley near the navy yard in washington. tahman? >> reporter: good morning. the navy yard reopens today for essential personnel, as authorities continue searching for clues about th
Al Jazeera America
Sep 16, 2013 8:00pm EDT
that may have triggered it. plus what the fbi knows by aaron alexis. >>> plus the report is in, chemical weapons were used in syria, and the un is not pointing the finger of blame. ♪ >>> disbelief and horror in washington and across "the nation" after a gunman hopes fire on a u.s. naval station. victims are still being identified. 12 are dead, at least a dozen more are injured. initially two people were thought to be helping the gunman. now authorities are reassessing its investigation. the gunman was a navy contractor, aaron alexis, 34 years old, who worked in fort worth, texas. the shooting took place in the navy yard less than two miles from the white house. let's bring in mike viqueira with more. mike? >> john in the heart of the nation's capitol, almost unthinkable what has transfired almost 12 hours ago. the police are informing us that they are going to reopen m street in southeast washington, the main artery through this part of town. they want all of the press to get up and out. massive response from law enforcement across the metropolitan area, both air and on the ground as e
Al Jazeera America
Sep 18, 2013 1:00pm EDT
aaron alexis had clearness to work on navy bases despite behavior. >> review critical access procedures. the highest responsibility these leaders have is to take care of their people. our people deserve safe and secure workplaces. wherever they are. >> randall pinkston is live in washington with the latest developments. randall? >> richelle, the commander of the washington navy yard said they're taking steps to reopen the facility to employees who have not been allowed in after monday's shooting. however, building 197, the navy sea systems command, that will remain closed as authorities continue to collect evidence. today for the first time we have reaction from the mother of aaron alexis. she apologized to the families of the murder victims. >> my son alexis has murdered 12 people and wounded several others. his actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on families of victims. i don't know why he did what he did. aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone. for that i am glad. to families of the victims i am so very sorry that this has happened. my heart i
Sep 17, 2013 1:00pm PDT
. >>> what were the voices in aaron alexis' head telling him before he murdered 12 people in cold blood? i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. hearing voices, sleepless nights, a history of gun arrests, pieces of the navy yard killer's back story are snapping into place, but does any of it account for his actions? the dead. we now know the names of all 12 of them and as we search for answers, we will not forget them or the three who were wounded, including a d.c. police officer who will have to fight to walk again. and alexis had a valid i.d. to get in but how did he have so much time to stalk his victims in the navy yard? a government audit claims that cost cutting may have relaxed security. our guest, a member of the house armed services committee who is demanding answers. good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. welcome to "the lead." we'll begin of course with the national lead. we're coming to you live from right outside the navy yard in washington, d.c., where just blocks away, 12 people lost their lives in a horrific mass shooting just 32 hours ago. the man who c
FOX News
Sep 16, 2013 12:00pm PDT
the identity of the shooter. he is aaron alexis, 34 years old from texas. that's about all we know. we have producers and researchers now checking into his backgrounds to find out if in fact he was in the military more about exactly what his history was. again, 34-year-old aaron alex circumstance as we find out more about the shooter who was killed, we'll binge that to you -- bring that to you, and captain nash thinks it may be just one shooter, they might be looking for two, but he thinks it might be confusion. still looking for a second gunman, we'll get to that and more coming up. >>> what is the washington navey yard? one of the more important facilities in the u.s. military. the headquarters of several navy commands. we'll have a live report on that and the breaking news on the shooter and his identity. who is this guy? next on studio b. how can i be a more fun mom? hmmm. can you dance? ♪ bum ba bum ba bum ♪ bum ba bum ba bum no. no? can you make campbell's chicken noodle soup? yes! [ wisest kid ] every can has 32 feet of slurpable noodles. now that's fun. mom, you're awesome. oh y
Sep 18, 2013 11:00pm PDT
many red flags would have been missed with the navy yard shooter. >> reporter: sources say aaron alexis left behind two short praises on the side of the -- phrases on the side of the shotgun used. one of the messages reads better off this way. the other is more cryptic, my elf epien. elf might be a reference to the radio waves the navy uses to communicate with submarines and it may relate to a strange incident that happened six weeks ago in rhode island. aaron alexis complained to police stockers were using a machine to send vibrations into his body. investigators took a report and forwarded it to navy officials and it was never passed up the chain of command and aaron alexis was on partial disability for orthopedic issues. he received disability benefits, $395 a month but the va refuted claims he received treatment for mental health issues saying he never sought an appointment. his mom released this statement today. >> my son aaron alexis has murdered 12 people and wounded several others. his actions had a profound effect on the families of the victims. i don't know why he did what he
Sep 25, 2013 11:00pm EDT
at aaron alexis as he moves around the building. it was cut on surveillance camera. he thought he was being controlled by electromagnetic waves. tom? theonight come in light of information released, it was obvious aaron alexis was severely ill when he entered the navy yard. they question how things were allowed where he could bring a shotgun here. ♪ tonight, different faiths prayed are those who were hurt in the mass shooting. >> we are thinking about them. >> the d.c. mayor grew fiery. gun laws still cannot stop a mentally ill man from buying a gun in virginia and killing 12 people in d.c. >> the only restaurant is -- the only question is -- >> we are truly heartbroken. >> authorities released new information and video of the shooter, aaron alexis. he arrived at the parking garage in the morning. .e entered the building over the next hour, he scours the building, looking for victims. in this video, he is caring his shotgun around and looking for people to kill at random. >> there is no evidence at this point to indicate he targeted anyone he worked for or with. >> authority showed a pict
Sep 16, 2013 10:00pm PDT
works for the experts, aaron alexis had two security clearances by the government within the last year, anderson. he had a full clearance in september of 2012. in which he began a defense contract working in i.t. in a job in japan for the navy and a reclearance just this past july so he could begin this job at the navy yard. and those clearances, he was given a secret level which is the middle of three levels. confidential, secret or top secret would have included a huge questionnaire including six pages of police involvement or charges brought against you. and it also should have been a face to face interview, questions about his mental stability. so if the government was doing its job, specifically the department of defense's central clearing office was doing it's job they would have had to know all this about his past and gave him clearance any way. >> we are still working out the time line of his history. joined the military in 2007, left in 2010-2011. we know because we talked to someone who owned this thai restaurant that he was working there in 2011. it's unclear for how long. w
Sep 17, 2013 6:00am PDT
the associated press that aaron alexis was suffering a host of serious mental issues including paranoia and a sleep disorder and he was hear voices. the veteran's administration was treating him since august. he had a criminal history after being arrested in 2010 for firing a gun through his apartment cerealing and arrested in 2004 for shooting out the tires of a car at the time he said high was in an anger-fueled black wrought and discharmed from the navy serve for misconduct. that was actually an honorable discharge. his friends are saying he was a buddhist. >> he was a good guy, what i know. when he was with me, nothing to show he would be aggressive or he would shoot someone. >> he was killed in a shootout with police. police were searching for possibly two other shooters but now they believe aaron alexis acted alone. >> this morning we know the names of eight of the 12 people killed yesterday. one was 59-year-old mike arnold, a graduate of the stanford university graduate school of business. >> we do have eight names that have been released this only of the victims. michael arnold.
Sep 20, 2013 6:00pm EDT
background checks and security clearances.rances aaron alexis had a security clearance despite the state oft his mental health. that clearance allowed him into building 197 where he opened fire killing 12 people. a computerized record of 911 calls, and radio traffic at at the navy yard is revealing, aing minute by minute account,cot, obtained by fox 5, suggests that the shooting and search for aaron alex see alexis went on f0 minutes. >> maureen, the fbi has released little information on exactly houk, aaron alexis terrorized people inside of the building 197. >> reporter: workers in theorkr building were sharing sh information on the shooter and the shots fired with 911 and hiding wherever they could. when aaron alexis opened fire on the 4th floor of building 197 at 8:20 on monday morning, 911 dispatchers began receiving frantic calls.franti the subject is reloading outside of the door, room 3 west, 2830 says one caller. another one says heard ten shotn inside of building. the third says female can hear someone yelling don't shoot. there were also descriptions of the gunman with one dispa
Sep 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
, a source with knowledge of the investigation says aaron alexis had trouble sleeping in recent years, was hearing voices in his head. law enforcement sources say he made contact with two v.a. hospitals for psychological issues. a defense department official says alexis had eight instances of misconduct in the navy before his honorable discharge in 2011. police records say he had three arrests between 2004 and 2010, one for disorderly conduct, two for gun-related offenses, including an incident when he fired two shots into the tires of a construction worker's car in seattle. >> an arrest for gun violations should have disqualified him. >> reporter: disqualified him from getting a secret security clearance, according to sheldon cohen, an attorney who specializes in that. cohen and other attorneys say a private firm does background checks on civilian contractors for the government's office of personnel management. opm checks the information, cohen says, then passes it to the defense department. there's one office in d.o.d. that then determines whether someone gets the kind of security c
Sep 18, 2013 1:00am PDT
at the naval yard in d.c. happened. the times reporting tonight, the apparent shooter aaron alexis, tried to buy an ar-15 military style semi-automatic rifle from a virginia gun store last week because he was stopped from buying that particular kind of weapon because of a state law that prohibits -- while he was at that gun store, he did test fire the ar-15, he expressed interest nit. but because of that state law, apparently, he instead purchased a pump action, what they call a law enforcement style remington shotgun and ammunition. and it is that loaded shotgun, officials believe that alexis brought with him into the navy facility. he used that shotgun to shoot one or more police officers immediately inside the facility. and then he took handguns from police in order to continue his assault. so he had the shotgun and two handguns, is the best understanding now of what he was armed with. he tried to get an ar-15 and could not get it from that particular shop in virginia. that's breaking from the "new york times." >>> here's something else interesting that came out late today. you'll reca
Sep 17, 2013 4:00am PDT
as washington and the nation mourn another horrific scene. the shooter, aaron alexis is among the dead. why did he do it? how did he get into a secure military facility? >>> plus, torrential rainsnd devastating floods continue to wreak havoc in colorado and new mexico. "early today" starts right now. >>> very good morning to you. i'm richard lui. we'll show you live pictures of the capitol and the white house this morning where flags are flying half-staff. it's been almost 4 hours since the mass shooting in washington, d.c. and we're still getting new details on the tragedy. now 7:00 a.m. local time. it was in washington's navy yard just a little more than a mile from capitol hill which we just showed you at least 12 are dead and eight others injured. officials late monday revealing the alleged shooter had legitimate access to the navy yard. a shelter in place now lifted in the surrounding neighborhood. >> we feel comfortable right now we've exhausted all means to eliminate that possible last suspect, so we do now feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss
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Sep 16, 2013 2:00pm PDT
is dead and he is 34-year-old aaron alexis from fort worth. they aren't sure if a second gunman is on the loose but they are looking for someone that may have involvement. we have reaction from the president and more. we start with rick leventhal at the press conference which i hear just wrapped up. go ahead, rick, what did we learn? >> reporter: eric, minutes ago, the mayor of the city, the police chief and special agent in charge of the fbi office in washington, d.c. giving us details. he went over some of the headlines. we confirmed the identity of the shooter as aaron alexis. they wouldn't give us much information about him, but jennifer griffin at the pentagon confirms he was in fact an enlisted member of the u.s. navy. apparently he no longer is, and we're trying to confirm, find out how he got on the base. we do now have a total of 13 dead, including the shooter, and at least a dozen hurt. some of them wounded, some just hurt in the chaos that unfolded at the washington navy yard earlier today. there are, there were two other possible suspects, one cleared by authorities,
Sep 17, 2013 11:00am PDT
, dc. there is a victim with a connection to the bay area. >> 34-year-old aaron alexis received an honorable discharge despite misconduct changes during the three years in the navy. he was starting an i.t. job at the navy yard that gave him access. among the 12 victims was a 2010 graduate of the stanford graduate school of business the father of to boys and a veteran who worked in logistics. across the nation flags are at half staff. now to washington, dc, with the latest. >> hello from washington's navy yard where people have been coming and going all day. the essential workers are back on the job. across washington, all day, people have been taking a moment to on the victims. >> across washington today, people paid their respects to the victims of the washington navy yard shooting at the navy memorial, defend secretary hagel and other top brass layed a week. >> moments of silence in the washington national baseball game looks from the navy yard. in the united states senate, as well the among the 12 who died, 51-year-old arthur daniels, a grandfather of nine, and kenneth procte
Sep 22, 2013 9:00am PDT
complex. the oldest naval installation in the nation. the shooter aaron alexis was himself shot dead by the police. aaron alexis had legal access to the compound where he was working on a project. the family said he had a decade long history of mental illness and received treatment from the va. also he had an arrest record for two shootings. in seattle he shot out a man's tires in rage. in texas three years ago he shot a gun inside his apartment at the ceiling. after this shooting aaron alexis raise arrested and discharged from the armed forces but he went to work for a subcontractor at hewlett- packard and servicing the military. he experienced a disturbing episode that drew the police. aaron alexis told officers according to the report he was hearing voices. and that a kind of microwave machine was sending vibrations into his body. the police sarge wouldn't reported the incident said -- sergeant who reported the said aaron alexis was hearing voices. but this information was never passed up the chain of command. u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said if red flags were raised they w
Al Jazeera America
Sep 17, 2013 6:00pm EDT
says it will be investigate every lead and look for any information on aaron alexis, the gunman who opened fire at the washington navy yard. the 34-year-old is the only suspect in the attack. the focus today his final tracks and tracking the weapons he used to skill 12 people. mike viqueira joins me now from the washington navy yard, where the search for a motive continues. mike, tell us what you learned today. >> today officials say that aaron alexis used an active legitimate hard pass credential to enter the navy yard, ultimately walking into building 197, and using a shotgun that he legally obtained in nearby northern washington, embarking on this murderous rampage. it turned out it was an extended confrontation with security and law enforcement personnel within that building, building 197, home to the navy sea systems command. kathy lanier described the shoot out. >> i can tell you there was multiple engagements with the suspect with multiple different agencies before the final shots were fired, and i would say there was a pretty good period of time with multiple engagements bef
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Sep 16, 2013 4:00pm PDT
aaron alexis. we have learned police have arrested him more than once in recent years in different cities where he has lived. his father told authorities in one city that alexis had developed anger management issues after the attacks in september of 2011. jonathan hunt will be along with more inside "the fox report" with more on that. first, when the shooting began, some people had nowhere to go. i mentioned they ran to the roof. they had to wait for helicopters to fly them out of harm's way not knowing what was behind them. how the military pulled off some daring rescue. stay close. peace of mind is important when you're running a successful business. so we provide it services you can rely on. with centurylink as your trusted it partner, you'll experience reliable uptime for the network and services you depend on. multi-layered security solutions keep your information safe, and secure. and responsive dedicated support meets your needs, and eases your mind. centurylink. your link to what's next. no two people have the same financial goals. pnc investments works with you to understa
Sep 16, 2013 5:00pm PDT
, as you know, as aaron alexis. a private contractor and former navy reservist with a troubled military career and two gun-related brushes with the law. how he was able to become a contractor is unclear and one question we are learning tonight. we are learning almost by the minute, his recent movements, what friends and acquaintances thought of him. tonight we are learning as well about the heros who save lives and how minute by minute this tragedy unfolded. randi kaye takes us through this terrible moment. >> reporter: 8:20 a.m. inside building 197, shots fired. it's the middle of the morning commute and suddenly everyone inside the washington navy ship yard is on high alert. >> as he came around the corner, he aimed his gun at us. he fired at least two or three shots. we ran down the stairs to get out of the building. >> he was far enough down the hall, we could see his face. he raised high and hit high on the wall at us just as we were trying to leave. >> reporter: metropolitan police, u.s. marshals and the fbi immediately respond to the scene. they have no idea how many shooters are
Sep 17, 2013 1:00am PDT
details late today and tonight about this alleged shooter, aaron alexis? we've got reports today that he did have some relatively minor criminal history, also some interesting reports about his status as a defense contractor. how does that relate to his potential access to this site? >> well, he certainly had access to the site. there's no question about that. what we believe is that he came up here the last couple of days to work with a team of contractors on a military computer project and that they were staying in a hotel, a residence iinn right near the washington navy yard, and that's how he -- that's why he was so up close. still not 100% clear whether he was going to work at the navy yard today or whether he just was near the navy yard, but he has a navy connection. he was in the naval reserve, he was an electronics specialist. he worked in several places. he worked in ft. worth, texas. he's originally from new york. his parents still live there. as far as his criminal past, three years ago, he was arrested for firing a weapon that went into the apartment above him, didn't hurt an
Al Jazeera America
Sep 17, 2013 1:00pm EDT
and information about aaron alexis. the gunman who shot and killed 12 people and injured eight others at the washington navy yard on monday. >> we don't know what the motivation was, we asked if there was likely terrorism involved. we have no decision of that. we'll continue to investigate that. >> reporter: alexis used his valid pass as a defense contractor to gain access to the navy facility. the police are ruled out any other possibly shooters in the attack. >> we feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible. >> reporter: the shooting brought that thenavy sea system. investigators say at one point alexis was perched on an atrium picking off his victims down below. many were told to stay in place as tactical team started hunting for the shooter. >> we were hunkered down. we were on the floor because we heard the previous gunshot 37 we heard gunfire and we looked up, and there were two bullet holes in the top of the wall of the conference room. >> reporter: alexis was armed with three weapons. an assault rifle that looked like this one, a semiautomatic, and a
Sep 26, 2013 4:00am EDT
on next month. >>> now to new chilling fbi video of an armed aaron alexis inside the navy yard. these are the eerie moments before he allegedly went on a rampage. you can see alexis creeping downstair cases armed with a shotgun and stalking through hallways. his shotgun had four messages etched into it including my elf effort. the fbi says that may refer to extremely low frequency waves. he left a document saying ultralow frequency attack is what i've been subject to for the last three months. meanwhile nra executive vice president wayne lapierre says aaron alexis should have been committed. he said the second amendment has never been more relevant for americans. firearms are increasingly essential to the safety of our family and our nation. >>> to one of the biggest comebacks in sports history. kurt gregory has more on the finish. >> reporter: the america's cup will stay in america. >> the comeback of 2013 is complete. >> reporter: skipper jimmy of oracle team usa and his ten man crew who just a week ago trailed eight races to one, one race away from losing the most prestigiou
Sep 16, 2013 7:00pm PDT
to the ceo of the firm he works for the experts, aaron alexis had two security clearances by the government within the last year, anderson. he had a full clearance in september of 2012. in which he began a defense contract working in i.t. in a job in japan for the navy and a reclearance just this past july so he could begin this job at the navy yard. and those clearances, he was given a secret level which is the middle of three levels. confidential, secret or top secret would have included a huge questionnaire including six pages of police involvement or charges brought against you. and it also should have been a face to face interview, questions about his mental stability. so if the government was doing its job, specifically the department of defense's central clearing office was doing it's job they would have had to know all this about his past and gave him clearance any way. >> we are still working out the time line of his history. joined the military in 2007, left in 2010-2011. we know because we talked to someone who owned this thai restaurant that he was working there in 2011. it's un
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in washington, d.c. left 13 dead including the shooter. the gunman was a navy contractor, aaron alexis, 31 years old. the d.c. police have not ruled out if anyone else was involved. initially it was thought that two people were helping the gunman. now there is a further assessment. the united nations says it has concluded chemical weapons were used in syria. the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon announced, stopped short of placing the blame on bashar al-assad regime. at least seven people are dead, thousands of homes are damaged. areas that are cut off by washed out roads and improving weather today, meant rescue crews were able to resume their efforts after heavy rain grounded helicopters. america tonight is up next and remember you can always get the latest at >> an america tonight special report. the d.c. naval yard shooting. just a short distance from the nation'nation's capitol, gun fia frantic search for answer he. and in our special coverage a look at the gunman and also ahead reopening the debate. >> we are confronting another mass shooting. >> another mass killing and wh
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found no motivate motive for the shooting at the washington navy yard. it is indicated that aaron alexis acted alobe. eight people were injured three shot but in stable condition. live pictures of the costa concordia is now upride. the salvage operation began and took 19 hours. 32 people were killed when the cruise ship ran aground off the coast of italy last year. two of the victims were never found. the massive ship capsized after a grannic rock tore a 50 meter hole in the ship's hole. >>> americans can soon see their food stamp subsidies cut. slashing by $4 billion a year and will call for stricter work requirements for the recipients. one in four americans use the food stamps and the cost has doubled in the past five years. those are the headlines in the next hour. america knit is up next at al jazeera. you can always get your headlines at and i'll see you tomorrow here at 8:00 eastern. just a short distance from the nation'nation's capitol, gun fid a frantic search for answer he. and in our special coverage a look at the gunman and also ahead reopening the debate. >> w
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about missed warning signs. >> law enforcement authorities tell abc7 news that aaron alexis was a ticking time bomb on a final decent into madness. no one connected the dots. on august 7, aaron alexis called the newport police in rhode island with a story documented in a police report obtained by abc7 news describing a confrontation with an unidentified person would sent three people to follow him and keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations to his body through a microwave machine. sources say that aaron alexis sought help from v.a. hospitals in rhode island and washington, dc, for insomnia but will not discuss his mental state. >> i cannot comment. >> two days before the navy yard rampage, he visited a gun store and firing range in virginia. eyewitnesses are describing a determined killer, with a man were watching the suspect murder six of his friends. >> i popped my head up and i saw him pointing his gun at my friend and...he shot her. ♪ and the home of the brave, of the brave ♪ >> a day after the shooting, washington, dc paused to remember the 12 people
Sep 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
and stocking his victims. 12 navy yard employees were gunned down that day. the shooter aaron alexis was also killed. the report from washington, the fbi released new clues about the killer's motive. >> reporter: just released surveillance video shows navy yard shooter aaron alexis stocking a hallway. the fbi says aaron alexis was prepared to die when he went to the base september 16. you can see him sneaking around corners, ready to shoot anyone as he moved about. the fbi is giving osfirst look at -- giving us a first look at etching on his gun. better off this way, this is my elf weapon. the fbi said aaron alexis was delusional. believing people were controlling his mind. >> to be perfectly honest that is what drew me to this. >> he shot and killed 12 people before law enforcement killed him. authorities said he had a pass on to the base. video shows his car pulling into the garage at the base. after the shooting here at the navy yard, u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said warning signs may have been missed when checking the background of aaron alexis. he order a review world wide. >> we
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with a woman who spent time with aaron alexis just days ago, aaron alexis just days ago, face-to-face with a killer. -- captions by vitac -- >>> and good evening, everybody. i'm erin burr nunett. we have breaking news in the investigation into the washington navy yard massacre. we are hearing now the first emergency dispatch calls from that chaotic scene yesterday morning. we just have those and i want to play it for you. >> we have a report on the fourth floor. a male with a shotgun. multiple shots fired. multiple people down. we have conflicting reports about the scene's security. we're sorting that out now. >> right now police confirm five people shot, could be others. >> can you give me a brief of how many we've taken to which facilities so far? >> all units in the main triage group need to move left. the ambulances in line, you can move left away out of the line of fire. >> we have an officer down building 197 on the third floor. there's also a female shot on the roof of building 1333. >> we're doing a sweep of the building for security. we still have a seco
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was aaron alexis. authorities are trying to figure out how and why a rookie four- year-old man -- a turkey for 0 =-- 34-year-old man was able to kill 12 people. a man with serious mental health issues walked onto a naval base and killed 12 people. aaron alexis had been in trouble with the police before. a recent background check revealed nothing but a traffic fine. we have this report. >> a confusing picture has emerged of aaron alexis the 34-year-old from texas. anger management issues point to a troubled past. he is described as a friendly and peaceloving man. >> it is like dr. jekyll-mr. hyde. who was this guy? the guy that i knew was so honorable. >> others hinted at a different side to his character. >> he was frustrated with the government. as a veteran, he did not feel like he was getting treated right or fairly. >> he joined the navy reserve in 2007, where he served as an aviation the tricks and -- electrician and fort worth texas. he had a number of weapons related incidents in his name. in 2000 10, he was arrested on suspicion of firing shots -- 2010, he was arrested on suspicio
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base de washington, se ve al pistolero aaron alexis ingresando a la base, y recorriendo con frialdad la base. >>la secuencia de la masacre, esta fotografia registra el momento en que aaron alexis entra a su auto en el complejo de la marina, entra manejando al edificio naval, luego camina con un morral en su hombro izquierdo, donde tenía las partes de la escopeta con la que disparo, entró, este lugar no tiene el detector demetales, lo dejo colgado en una puerta del cuarto piso, donde se piensa armo la escopeta. aquí se le ve con el arma. tiene las identificaciones que le permiten el acceso al edificio. baja por las escaleras, mirando con sigilo, se posesiona y sus víctimas al fondo corren en estampida, vemos como el asesino pego con aislante color purpura partes de la escopeta, y escribio, cosas como el final de la tormenta, duende. >>tiene rastros de rayones como si hubiera chocado. no escogio a sus víctimas, escogio al azar, y mato doce personas inocentes. >>el fbi revelo que el pistolero dejo una nota escrita, aaron alexis,escribió que había llegado a ese punto porque venia sie
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as 34-year-old aaron alexis. he's a former petty officer in the navy reserves. police are still looking for a second possible suspect in the shooting. here are some of the emergency calls from the shooting as it happened. >> we got a report on the fourth floor, a male with a shotgun. multiple shots fired, multiple people down. we're still waiting for the okay that the scene has been secured. we have an active shooter on the fourth floor. will give an update on the building location with several victims now. i think at this time requested the bus. >> it all happened at the naval sea systems command on the grounds of the navy yard. just miles away from capitol hill and the white house. it's the ceremonial and administrative center for the u.s. navy. about 3,000 people work in the building. the shooting took place in a cafeteria and sent people fleeing in panic. >> i heard three gun shots. pow pow pow, straight in a row. about three seconds later there were four more gun shots and all of the people there in the cafeteria, we panicked. we were trying to decide which way we were going to run
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of aaron alexis as he stalks his victims was released today interestingly by the fbi. >> as we noted, those images are pretty chilling. some of you may want to turn away. bruce leshan reports law enforcement is hoping the video and pictures help explain the when and the why of what happened. >> reporter: you can almost see right into the eyes of aaron alexis calmly checking his sawed off remington shotgun going floor to floor spotting a crowd of terrified navy workers running for their lives and alexis goes right toward them weapon at the ready. >> they accepted death as the inevitable consequence of his actions. >> reporter: it starts with a seemingly normal scene, aaron alexis driving his prius into the parking garage just before 8 a.m. last monday, then walking in the front door with a backpack. >> there are multiple indicators that alexis held a delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by extremely low frequency or elf electromagnetic waves. >> reporter: the fbi also released pictures of his shotgun. on one side of the body he etched better off this way and my elf
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>>> good wednesday morning. coming up on "early today," new deta details about killer aaron alexis' mental state are emerging, as are the details of the 12 victims who were gunned down. >>> president obama speaks out on gun control measures. but does the senate have the votes to make any changes? >>> two former defense secretaries offer conflicting advice on the crisis in syria. >>> plus the latest from colorado's devastating floods. what happened to this guy who tried to jump from a cop car? and the life save before our very eyes as a hero emerges. "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for wednesday september 18. >>> very good morning to you. i'm richard lui. we're getting a better psychological picture of navy yard killer aaron alexis. one is of voices inside his head, another picture, vibrations of microwaves to send him messages. police say this information may explain why alexis's gunned down 12 people on monday. nbc's tracy pots joins us. what's the latest? >> authorities also know he was arrested at least three times, but not prosecuted, never convicted o
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" -- the latest on the fbi's desperate search for clues about the gunman. what turned aaron alexis from civilian contractor to mass murderer. the survivors -- for the employees of building 197 it was the beginning of a workday like any other until bullets and questions began flying. how many shooters on the loose? how to escape? new details on the decisions and daring rescues that saved lives as pandemonium rained. >> these big cats are kings. >> in the trees. >> and money makers of the jungle. but there is a fight for survival going on and it is not what you would expect. we'll go on a special safari with the tiger tourists. >> announcer: from new york city, this is "nightline" with bill weir. >> thank you for being with us. yesterday we knew he was a 34-year-old former naval reservist. today we know he reported hearing voices in his head and recent leap bought a shotgun. tragically we can only connect the last two after aaron alexis killed 12 people and injured eight mr. at tore at the washin navy yard monday morning. the country tries to make sense of the senseless while a dozen american fami
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can report at this hour. we have new video tonight and this is a big development, gunman aaron alexis' car, towed away from the washington hotel where he was staying just before the massacre. they're obviously looking to see if they can find any evidence there. in august, alexis told police he was hearing voices in his head. and just three days ago, alexis visited a gun shop in northern virginia. there he purchased a remington 870 shotgun, and approximately two boxes of ammunition. we also now know tonight that alexis had a long record of disciplinary issues. including those eight instances of misconduct while on duty in the navy. and the spokesman for the navy just moments ago telling cnn that that misconduct, included not showing up for work and insubordination. spokesman also saying alexis clearly was not a sailor who had a stellar record. still, the navy chose to discharge alexis honorably. and the navy wasn't alone. the company that employed alexis as a contractor after that discharge says he went through a defense department background check last september, his security clearanc
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. the pentagon is reviewing security measures at all locations. aaron alexis has a history of behavior suggesting mental illness. fbi is now looking at his emails and other records, and so far have found no motive for the shooting. >> reporter: richelle, police are still around building 197 at the naval yard. they are still collecting evidence as the focus shifts to security checks. and our aaron alexis managed to clear background checks. federal investigators now think they now how he was able to bring the shotgun into the naval yard. he apparently diss a dr disassembled the shotgun and later reassembled it. >> at this time we believe that mr. alexis entered building 197 at the navy yard with a shotgun. we do not have any information at this time that he had an ar-15 in his possession. we also believe mr. alexis may have gained access to handgun once inside the facility and after he began shooting. >> reporter: the attack and ensuing gun battle lasted more than half an hour, when it was over, 13 people were dead including alexis. the secretary of the navy is ordering a review of the security pr
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